The leaves are falling, and there’s a chill in the air, so that can only mean one thing: the festive season has arrived! As we look toward the holidays, there’s no better way to celebrate than by visiting one of the many holiday markets around the city. Start your holiday shopping with a wide variety of artisans, vendors, and restaurants, or treat yourself to something from your wish list. Bring the whole family, spend a day with friends, plan a date night, or browse solo – there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Whether you head to your local community centre or take a trip to Downtown Kitchener, here are the upcoming holiday markets you can’t miss this year:

KWFamous Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe
November 22 through December 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Tues-Fri.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sat.- Sun.) at
Square Peg, 220 King St. W.

Support the KW maker community and discover unique gifts for friends, family, or yourself. Enjoy shopping, a photo booth and more! Admission is free. 

The Rockway Christmas Market
Saturday, Nov. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Rockway Centre, 1405 King St. E.

Celebrate the holidays at The Rockway Christmas Market with something for everyone – many local vendors, a bake sale, door prizes and so much more! Admission is free. 

SPCA Holiday Market
Friday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Stanley Park Community Centre, 505 Franklin St. N.

The Stanley Park Community Association invites you to shop their holiday market featuring local vendors and homemade artisanal goods. Admission is free. 

Winter Artisan Market
Saturday, Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Kitchener Market, 300 King St. E.

Browse a curated selection of artisans from across the region, along with food and drinks from your favourite local restaurants and vendors. This family-friendly event offers classes and workshops for all ages, face painting, song and dance performances, a visit with Santa, and more! Admission is free but some events will have a fee and require registration. 

Christkindl Market
Thursday, Dec. 7 to Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, Carl Zehr Square, and along King Street in front of Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W.

This year, it’s bigger and brighter than ever! Come experience all your favourite sights, sounds, and smells of a classic European market, and stay for the tasty treats, outdoor skating, live entertainment, KidsKindl activities, and warm Christmas ambience. Admission is free and all are welcome! 

Eco-Friendly Holiday Market
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, 200 King St. W.

Shop sustainably this holiday season at the second annual Eco-Friendly Holiday Market. The market focuses on sustainable consumption and highlights local businesses who align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Admission is free.